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Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

By Richard J. Foster (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.14" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.77"
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Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Hovel Audio
ISBN  1596444533  
EAN  9781596444539  

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Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, "Celebration of Discipline" explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Abridged.

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In the twenty years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. For this special twentieth anniversary edition, Richard J. Foster has added an introduction, in which he shares the story of how this beloved and enduring spiritual guidebook came to be. // Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

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Richard J. Foster Richard James Foster is a Christian theologian and author in the Quaker tradition. His writings speak to a broad Christian audience. Born in 1942, in New Mexico, Foster has been a professor at Friends University and pastor of Evangelical Friends churches. Foster resides in Denver, Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree at George Fox University in Oregon and his Doctor of Pastoral Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary,and received an honorary doctorate from Houghton College.

Foster is best known for his 1978 book Celebration of Discipline, which examines the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and study in the Christian life, the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. It has sold over one million copies. It was named by Christianity Today as one of the top ten books of the twentieth century. A work described as a sequel to Celebration is Foster's 1985 Money, Sex & Power. and associated study guide.

He also published Freedom of Simplicity in 1981, which further explores the discipline of simple, intentional living, Freedom of Simplicity. Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home (1992, ISBN 0-06-062846-4), which explores 21 different types of Christian prayer, edited Devotional Classics (1993, ISBN 0-06-066966-7), a devotional guide featuring Christian wisdom through the ages, and Streams of Living Water (2001, ISBN 0-06-062822-7), which examines the place of the different spiritual traditions - Contemplative: The Prayer-Filled Life; Holiness: The Virtuous Life ; Charismatic: The Spirit-Empowered Life; Social Justice: The Compassionate Life; Evangelical: The Word-Centered Life; and Incarnational: The Sacramental Life - in Christianity. Foster (along with several others) also wrote the devotional Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible (now published as The Life with God Study Bible). Two editions of this NRSV-based study Bible exist, one with the apocryphal/deuterocanonical texts and one without.

In 2008, he co-authored with Gayle Beebe, the book Longing for God.

SPANISH BIO: Richard J. Foster (D.Th.P., Fuller Theological Seminary) es el fundador de Renovare en Denver, Colorado. Es autor de numerosos libros, entre ellos Celebracion de la disciplina: Hacia una vida espiritual mas profunda, que ha vendido mas de dos millones de copias en todo el mundo, La Oracion: Verdadero refugio del alma, La libertad de la simplicidad: encontrar la armonia en un mundo complejo y coautor (con Gayle Beebe) de El anhelo de Dios: Siete Senderos de la devocion cristiana.

Richard J. Foster currently resides in Denver, in the state of Colorado. Richard J. Foster was born in 1951.

Richard J. Foster has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Plough Spiritual Guides: Backpack Classics
  2. Renovare Resources

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Life Changing Book for a Christian  Apr 26, 2010

Wonderful book. Not for those still on milk. This is a meaty book. Not for the faint of heart or the those weak in faith. The first 3 chapters will revolutionize your walk with Christ. If you are ready to GROW GROW GROW. Read this book!
A Guidebook to the Spiritual Disciplines  Feb 11, 2010
This book is phenomenal. I didn't agree with everything he said, but his advice was typically very practical for the beginner in spiritual disciplines. In addition, I could always tell that Foster meant every word he said. I especially liked the sections on Prayer, Fasting and Guidance. This is a book I will read again and again for years to come.
Maestro Foster  Feb 8, 2010
Celebration of Discipline motivates the disciple to consider the art of discipline as a method to attain a closer relationship with God. The reason so many praise this book is that it gives Christians important and practical details regarding spiritual self-discipline and how to live a holy live in all its facets. The 12 disciplines he espouses lead to harmony inwardly (wholeness), outwardly (holiness), and socially. Four disciplines are allotted to each one of these three spheres and valuable insights from Christian giants are incorporated as a biblical foundation to ground the work. Through meditation, we come to hear the Holy Spirit's small voice and through detachment from the world, we gain a richer attachment with God. The disciplines do not result in growth but rather, like a farmer preparing the soil for seed, create a space in our soul's for God to enter our lives and enrich us.

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This book is Satanism teaching!!  Feb 6, 2010
This book is very very dangerous, it is Jesuit-Satanism teaching.
It is occultism and spirit-ism blending with the protestant world.
It is one of tools from the catholic church to destroy the protestant church.
Be away from it!!

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Return to classic historic disciplines  Jan 30, 2010
Foster identifies and classifies some normative disciplines practiced by Christians into three categories. First, the Inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study turn the believer toward God. Second, the Outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service reflect the view toward others. Finally, the Corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration are practiced in community with other believers.

While some of the categories Foster defines may overlap with some others, he helps the reader engage with many aspects of Christian life that are often neglected. The very use of the term discipline is informative, as it calls to mind both discipleship and diligence. Many valuable insights and practical suggestions make this book a candidate for every library. For instance, the discussion on obedience within one's own strength (reflecting on Col.2:20-23 and Rom. Chaps. 7-8) shows exceptional insight, and is foundational to Christians beset by legalism and guilt. Foster clearly avoids disputed theological positions, which makes this book very useful in teaching the practical daily application of Christian faith.

Weaknesses in his teaching result when he fails to achieve this goal, a deplorable example of which is his labeling of Dispensationalism as heresy (p.52). Other positions that might be questioned include the idea of an "open universe" (i.e. God changes His mind in response to prayer), the Quaker defined discipline of simplicity (a broader caution about undue attachment to material things of the world might be better), and his reliance on common sense might be questioned by those who view mankind's reason as (at least) untrustworthy after the Edenic Fall. However, the many strengths of Foster's book far outweigh these minor points.

To deal with a couple points specifically, two issues from Foster's book stand out - one positive and one negative. Some experiencing bereavement would disagree vehemently with his assertions about prayer. He seems to assume that the outcome willed by God is knowable to the one praying, rather than the subject of the prayer and the fact that it is prayed at all. Thus he determines that "if is your will" is inappropriate prayer content. Like the leper in Mark 1:40-45, one can always pray "Lord if you are willing..." knowing that God COULD heal, but not that He WILL. Does the fact that God will give what is good to those of His children who ask (Matt.7:7-11) mean that we know or understand what good He will give?

On a positive note, Foster's discussion of confession is very thought provoking, especially in the classification as a corporate discipline. God works in believers' lives through others, and transparency with other believers about past and present struggles with sin and obedience may be one way that "God causes all things to work together for good..." It is a liberating idea that God can bring about His purposes despite and through our own weaknesses.

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